Christos Karavos: Demand for Royal Caribbean cruises brought more itineraries and cabins to Cyprus
With more itineraries, but also a larger number of cabins for Cypriot passengers, the cruise giant, Royal Caribbean, enters its second season of presence in Cyprus.
Further consolidating her presence on our island, the queen of sailing holidays, once again indicates the importance of Cyprus on the cruise map, a fact that is also evident from her decision to establish offices in Limassol, which as they reveal, will have increased responsibilities within the next few years.
In an interview with Enalios, the Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Royal Caribbean, Christos Karavos, refers, among other things, to the benefits that arise in the local tourism product, due to the choice of foreign passengers to start their summer vacations from the port of Limassol , but also the amazing offers for family vacations on unique itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean, with the impressive Rhapsody Of The Seas.
This is the second season for Royal Caribbean in Cyprus. The cruise industry is operating again, and the restrictions due to Covid are no longer in place. Are we entering a new era?
The excitement for cruises is greater than ever, and we are very happy to have our passengers back with us, without restrictions. The demand for cruises is the highest we have ever seen. After years of uncertainty and missed opportunities, visitors are more excited than ever about their vacations.
What are the indications regarding bookings for “Rhapsody Of The Seas” by Royal Caribbean from Cyprus?
After a successful year in 2022 and the reception of the Royal Caribbean name, the indications are very positive. We offer more itineraries and cabin numbers for the Cyprus market, so our bookings for the Rhapsody, are very powerful. We see more and more Cypriots exploring cruises throughout Europe, as well as distant destinations, such as the Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean has its own office in Cyprus, specifically in Limassol. What are the company’s plans?
Cyprus is an important market for Royal Caribbean, and we want to continue this relationship with the country. We plan to expand our office in Cyprus and extend its responsibilities in the coming years.
One ship from R.C. has already been registered under the Cypriot flag, showing a long-term relationship with the cruise market and a reference point for Cyprus. Is it easy to fill your ships with thousands of beds for Cypriots?
As mentioned before, more and more Cypriots are booking cruises with Royal Caribbean, and the visit of the “Rhapsody of the Seas” to our country, has helped inform Cypriots about the incredible experiences we can offer. We have excellent support from our local partners who serve as our ambassadors, presenting our full range of ships to Cypriots for those seeking adventure.
Is there a number of tourists who choose to start their cruises from Cyprus? If yes, are they regular customers? Are there any complaints regarding connectivity to and from our island?
More than 90% of the passengers boarding in Limassol are from Cyprus, but we also see more international passengers, especially from the United Kingdom and Germany, choosing Limassol as the starting point for their vacations. International passengers who choose to board in Limassol, also spend additional time exploring Cyprus before, or after the cruise. Who can blame them, after all?
What are the travelers’ impressions of the Greek islands and the routes to Haifa?
The feedback we receive from our passengers is very positive. Our route is quite innovative, and there are few routes in the Eastern Mediterranean that visit these incredible places.
What does a typical travel package offer? What is the cost of a trip for a family of four, seeking to book a one-week vacation?
Our prices are flexible and change daily, based on several factors. For our traveling families, we currently have an offer where children board for €129 each, for a 7-day cruise. I would always recommend making a reservation early to get the best price and the best selection.
How long will the cruises from Limassol last? Do you have plans for Larnaca or Ayia Napa?
After 2023, we have not announced any further departures from Limassol as a starting point. However, we will continue to sail to Cyprus and offer our passengers the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas, including Larnaca and Ayia Napa.